State funded schools across England will all receive defibrillators under new government plans. Alun Cairns MP is calling on the Welsh Government to announce similar plans to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Research shows that access to a defibrillator in the event of a cardiac arrest can increase a person’s chances of survival by up to 40% if it is used in the first five minutes of a cardiac arrest.
Local Vale MP Alun Cairns said:
“This is a brilliant initiative that has the potential to save the lives of many children. The Welsh Government must now follow suit and help keep school children safe. We know the vital role defibs play and their accessibility needs to improve in Wales as they will do in England under these life saving plans.”
‘I have worked closely with local charities and community groups to help fund defibs locally in Penmark and across the Vale. But central government support will go a long way in helping communities get the access they need to defib equipment.’
Education Secretary James Cleverly said:
“Access to funding must not stand in the way of every school having on-site access to a life-saving defibrillator.
“The evidence clearly shows that defibrillators drastically increase the chance of survival from a cardiac arrest, and it’s particularly important that they are available close to sports halls and playing fields that children, young people, and the wider community use on a daily basis.
“That is why I am so pleased to be able to roll these devices out to schools across the country over the coming year, and I hope this goes some way to preventing more tragic stories like Oliver King’s.”
Mark King, Founder of the Oliver King Foundation said:
“It’s been 11 years since we tragically lost our Ollie to a sudden cardiac arrest while he was taking part in a school swimming lesson. If there had been a defibrillator on site, our son would still be alive today. I am thankful to the MPs and ministers who’ve supported our campaign and particularly all of those at the Department for Education”
Jamie Carragher, supporter of the Oliver King Foundation said:
“This is fantastic news and is testament to the relentless and unwavering campaigning of Mark and Joanne King who’ve fought so hard for this moment.